BackStory Grave Matters: A History of Death and Mourning
When and where the first Memorial Day took place is a matter of much debate. On this episode of BackStory, the History Guys look at the ways Americans have remembered their dead, from the Revolutionary War up through the present. Have technological and medical advances changed our attitudes about dying? Has death become more invisible, and if so, what are the implications? When did we start burying the dead in park-like settings, and how did modern funeral traditions come into being? How have region, class and race influenced the ways Americans die?